South Charlotte road work

Progress made on key projects

07/17/2011 12:00 AM

07/15/2011 3:34 PM

The city of Charlotte is working on several road projects in south Charlotte that will change how residents get around.

Here are updates on some of the more high-profile projects under way in south Charlotte:

Ballantyne Commons Parkway and Elm Lane Intersection

Purpose: To make the intersection more bicyclist-friendly, eliminate sight distance problems, add lanes to reduce traffic backups, add turn lanes with pedestrian islands, add a westbound right-turn lane on Ballantyne Commons Parkway, add northbound and southbound left- and right-turn lanes on Elm Lane.

Cost: $8.2 million.

Status: As of May 2011, the project was still in the real estate acquisition phase.

City Contact: Engineering Project Manager Leslie Bing, 704-336-7277.

Community House Road between Bryant Farms and Ardrey Kell roads

Purpose: To improve pedestrian crossings, medians and bike lanes and convert the intersection of Community House Road and Bryant Farms Road into a single-lane roundabout.

Cost: $7.5 million.

Status: Plans have been approved by the North Carolina Department of Transportation. The project now is in its right-of-way and easement acquisition stage. Construction is expected to begin in 2012.

City Contact: Engineering Project Manager Joe Frey, 704-353-1794.

Mckee And Providence Roads

Purpose: To improve bicyclist and pedestrian access, increase capacity and complement the state's road-widening project at Providence Road south of Interstate 485.

Cost: $7 million.

Status: The city hosted a public hearing June 9. City staff now are reviewing the results of that meeting and continuing with planning.

City Contact: Engineering Project Manager Leslie Bing, 704-336-7277.

Rea Road Widening

Purpose: To add a planted median with left-turn lanes, bicycle lanes, curbs and gutters and sidewalks on both sides of the road, add a right-turn lane at N.C. Highway 51 and eliminate sight distance problems for drivers entering and exiting neighborhoods on Rea Road.

Cost:$22.5 million.

Status: Piedmont Natural Gas and utilities will be relocated this summer. Construction is expected to begin in 2012.

City Contact: Imad Fakhreddin, 704-336-7926.

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